Musing about law, books, and politics

You’re the Puppet

Donald Trump Jr. called CNN an “anti-Trump propaganda network” for hiring Andrew McCabe. In the same Tweet, Trump Jr., called McCabe a liar: “Fascists always deny what they are and ascribe their own features and their own totalitarian politics to Read more…


Inflicting Pain and Stirring up Trouble

It’s almost like Trump spends his day devising ways to enrage and insult people, divide us, and inflict pain. Today, to thrill his Evangelical base, enrage everyone else, and call out American Jews, he tweeted this: Yesterday he said this Read more…


How California Turned Blue

Alternate title: California shows the way California used to be Republican. We gave the nation Nixon and Reagan. Republican candidates won CA in every presidential election between 1952 and 1988 except one: By 1990, CA demographics were changing, with growing Read more…


The future of the GOP

Harvard Professor Steven Levitsky and conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin agree on how to get out of this mess: The GOP needs to be crushed in 2020 so that a center-right party can arise from the ashes. America needs Read more…


Placing Rep. Steve King’s “rape and incest” comment into context.

U.S. Rep Steve King (R-Iowa) asked if not for rape and incest “would there be any population left?” He noted that throughout history, rape was common and women bore the children. Why, he evidently wonders, should things change? During the Read more…


Good News & Bad News

Good news: Trump is losing. Bad news: He will up the ante on the racism, xenophobia, and hate. The white supremacists will get more desperate. In other words, things will get worse before the election. First, the good news: Here Read more…


Where We Are . . . and Where We’re Going.

Max Boot tweeted this: Yes.  If the Congressional Republicans performed their constitutional duty and acted as a check on presidential power, he’d be out by now. Instead they shield him while pushing through their agenda. This will prove to be Read more…


The Trump Reality Show

Today’s episode: Scaramucci (the “Mooch”) turns on Trump after Trump attacked him on Twitter. Yesterday’s episode: Trump pushing conspiracy theories about Epstein’s death. Timothy Snyder explains why we are caught up in the constant drama of a Reality T.V. President. Read more…


How to Make the Radical Right Less Dangerous

Professor Miller-Idriss (sociology and education) explains white supremacy and what drives the shooters in this C-Span interview. Psychologist Karen Stenner (author of the Authoritarian Dynamic) explains how to make them less dangerous. From Miller-Idriss: What we call white supremacy includes Read more…


The GOP, Racism, and the Real Danger

Responding to nonsense from Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, and GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Response #1: Tate Reeves Tate Reeves said this: [View my response on Twitter] Hi, Tate. I’d like to talk about two parts of your tweet: “enforce Read more…